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FTA accepts safety committee's reports on transit worker fatigue, assaults


 The Federal Transit Administration recently accepted two reports from the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) regarding fatigue management and assaults of transit workers.

Titled, "Establishing a Fatigue Management Program for the Bus and Rail Industry," the first report identifies the major organizational and behavioral challenges in addressing transit employee fatigue, FTA officials said in a news release. That report recommends components of a successful fatigue management program, such as providing mandatory fatigue awareness training for all safety-sensitive personnel.

The other report, titled, "Preventing and Mitigating Transit Worker Assaults in the Bus and Transit Industry," discusses the risks and impediments to a safe workplace and recommends measures to reduce the hazards that enable assaults.

FTA will review the recommendations from both reports as it considers possible future action on these safety issues.

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